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Reclaiming Fallow Ground

Reclaiming Fallow Ground

Much of gardening is about improving the presentation. We remove some plants while adding others. We amend the soil and mix in a heaping dose of pruning and trimming. And all the parts of our labor combine to give us the confident feeling that the end is an improvement over the beginning. Garden satisfaction comes […]

Dishing Good Dirt

Dishing Good Dirt

An avid gardener often reveals his passion through his comments as he tours another’s growing space. For example, observers may see me squat down to retrieve a handful of soil which I will squash and sift and even smell. And then I will voice my expert opinion, “Dude. That’s good dirt!” From the red clay […]

Problem Roots

Problem Roots

We can’t garden without encountering and considering roots. Roots are an essential part of the plants. But what happens when the roots of one plant affect others around it? In the square of concrete formed by the driveway and the sidewalk here at Paths of Hope resides a huge maple tree. It wasn’t huge when […]

IKEA Planting Shelves

IKEA Planting Shelves

This past season we removed three towering trees from the back gardens at Paths of Hope. The garden canvas now has blank spots waiting for new designs, and we’ve jumped into the planning with glee. With the reduced tree canopy we’ve watched the sun patterns across the garden and discovered space for vegetable plantings. A […]